Port Cities (band)

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Port Cities
Origin Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genres pop
Years active 2015-present
Labels turtlemusik/Warner Music
Associated acts Gordie Sampson, Donovan Woods, Andrew Austin, Neon Dreams, Ria Mae, Mo Kenney
Website http://portcities.ca/
Members Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon, Carleton Stone

Port Cities is a Canadian band based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Formed in 2015, Port Cities is composed of Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon, and Carleton Stone —each already a singer/songwriter with an established solo career. The band signed with turtlemusik/Warner Music in 2016 and released its debut album in 2017.

History[edit]

Guthro, Mackinnon, and Stone met in 2011 at the Gordie Sampson Song Camp, an annual event in Cape Breton that gathers promising songwriters from across Nova Scotia.[1] There they formed a three-way friendship that soon led to various collaborations in the context of their individual musical lives. Eventually they were writing and playing together often enough that the idea of forming a band arose naturally.[2]

"We just thought, there’s such a great chemistry between us, why not try to join forces and do something that’s bigger that any of us could do on our own?” said Carelton Stone in a 2015 interview.[3]

Port Cities officially launched in 2015. In 2016, the band was signed to turtlemusik/Warner Music; their debut album was released in February 2017.[4]

As individual musicians, the three members of Port Cities had collectively released six solo albums prior to the band's first release.[1] As a group they write songs to take advantage of each member's strength and experience as a vocalist, often employing two- and three-part harmonies in their music.[2]

In 2016, Port Cities won Casino Nova Scotia's third annual Artist in Residence competition, which awarded them $20,000 to assist them in their ongoing musical development.[5]

Also in 2016, the band released its first two songs, "Astronaut" and "Back to the Bottom." The debut album, produced by Gordie Sampson, was released February 10, 2017.[2]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • "Port Cities" (2017)

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 2018
    • ECMA Award Nomination - Pop Recording of the Year – Port Cities, Port Cities[6]
    • ECMA Award Nomination - Song of the Year – Port Cities, “Back To The Bottom”[6]
    • ECMA Award Nomination - Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year – Port Cities[6]
  • 2017
    • CBC Radio 2 2017 Charts Most Online Votes - #14 “In The Dark”[7]
    • CBC Radio 2 2017 Charts #1 songs of 2017 - #14 “Back to the Bottom”[8]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Best Album - "Port Cities"[9]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Best Group Album - "Port Cities"[9]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Best Pop Album - "Port Cities"[9]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Entertainer of the Year[9]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Digital Artist of the Year[9]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nominee Video of the Year - "Trouble" (With Dave Sampson)[10]
    • SOCAN #1 Award - Back to the Bottom[11]
    • #1 CBC Radio Top 20 (February 23, 2017) - Back to the Bottom[12]
    • #1 Spotify Canada “Viral 50” Chart - Back to the Bottom[13]
    • Voted The Coast “Best of Halifax” - Best Music Video - “Astronaut” (Gold)[14]
    • Voted The Coast “Best of Halifax” - Best Artist / Band Most Likely To Make It Big (Silver)[15]
    • Voted The Coast “Best of Halifax” - Best Pop Artist/Band (Silver)[16]
  • 2016
    • Casino Nova Scotia Artist In Residence 2016 Winners[17]
    • Top 25 CBC Searchlight Competition[18]
    • Slaight Music Juno Masterclass Finalists[19]
  • 2015
    • Voted The Coast “Best of Halifax” - Best New Artist / Band (Bronze)[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Port Cities". www.thechronicleherald.ca. Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Chronicle Herald. July 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Port Cities features 3 friends with great vocal blend". www.cbc.ca. Ottawa, Ontario: CBC/Radio Canada. August 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Aly (January 14, 2015). "Halifax musicians put solo careers aside, join forces for new band 'Port Cities'". www.metronews.ca. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Halifax Metro News. 
  4. ^ http://www.theeastmag.com/2017/02/17/new-music-port-cities-self-titled-release-port-cities/
  5. ^ Dingwell, Rebecca (August 4, 2016). "Tunes at our 'fingertips': Halifax musician Dylan Guthro spotted on streaming chart". www.metronews.ca. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Halifax Metro News. 
  6. ^ a b c http://ecma.com/news/2018-east-coast-music-awards-nominees-announced
  7. ^ http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/19461/radio-2-top-20-dec-21-fan-favourites-of-2017
  8. ^ https://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/19462/radio-2-top-20-dec-28-the-number-1-songs-of-2017
  9. ^ a b c d e https://www.thecoast.ca/TheScene/archives/2017/11/06/your-2017-music-nova-scotia-award-winners
  10. ^ http://www.capebretonpost.com/living/cape-bretoners-nominated-for-music-nova-scotia-awards-20192/
  11. ^ https://www.socan.ca/news/socan-everywhere-cmw-2017
  12. ^ http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/18122/radio-2-top-20-feb-23-common-deer-jamiroquai-debut
  13. ^ http://www.spotontrack.com/charts/daily/viral/ca/2016-07-10
  14. ^ https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-music-video/BestOf?oid=10345080
  15. ^ https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-artist-band-most-likely-to-make-it-big/BestOf?oid=10345060
  16. ^ https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-pop-artist-band/BestOf?oid=10345083
  17. ^ http://www.ticketatlantic.com/en/home/events/port-cities/info.aspx
  18. ^ http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/11287/meet-the-top-25-regional-finalists-from-searchligh
  19. ^ http://junoawards.ca/top-10-finalists-announced-second-annual-allan-slaight-juno-master-class/
  20. ^ https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-new-artist-band/BestOf?oid=5031881

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